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Written by Andrew Doyle - 20 Feb 2010
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Location notes
This location is on the Medway Valley Line between East Farleigh and Wateringbury which is also the nearest Station, about 1.5 miles away. The Nearest town is Maidstone which is about 5 miles away. If you are not a keen walker I would advise driving. In winter months the field can flood badly and access is impossible.
Railway type and traffic
Usual Traffic is the 466 units running between Strood and Paddock Wood. There is a unit between Quarter past and 35 minutes past the Hour.
Freight traffic comprises of a DB Schenker 66 on the Purley - Cliffe in the Evening (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) On Weekends, there is usualy a good flow of Engineers trains which are generally hauled by First GBRF 66s and 73s or DB Schenker 66s There are also Loco Convoys consisting of GBRF Locos which run to and from Hoo Junction and Tonbridge West Yard and St Leonards Depot. (Monday/Friday). There are also the occasional freight divert.
Environment
This Location is quite rural but is next to Teston Country Park so there are always walkers and people about. It is also pretty close to the River Medway. It is also very close to the A26 (Tonbridge Road). It is right next to a Level Crossing, so when the barriers go down, you know something is coming.
Road directions
From Maidstone Take the A26 for about 5 miles. You will turn a sharp right hand corner and find yourself next to some open Fields. Then take the B2163 down and over the level crossing.

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Teston Open Fields map co-ordinates
Parking
The Best Place to Park is the Country Park, across the road from this spot.
Public transport
The closest Station is Wateringbury, a 1.5 Mile walk away. If you plan to walk, you turn left at the station exit, and across the level crossing. Next turn left again before the bridge and take the country Walk.

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Amenities
There are toilets in the Country Park and their is also usually a Ice cream van in summer months. Other than that their are no other amenities so food is a must, along with a coat. In Winter a Set of welly boots are required along with a warm set of clothes.
Accommodation
There are many B&B's in Maidstone with big chain hotels too.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Teston Open Fields

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Streetmap links
Teston Open Fields general view map
Teston Open Fields close up map

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Teston Open Fields



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Photographic notes
In the Morning Photographs and Videos are best facing east towards Maidstone, whereas Later on in the day it is best facing west towards Wateringbury.


General views - All photographs © Andrew Doyle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


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